A look at some of the biggest fitness trends of the past year.
It wasn’t long ago when CrossFit was a foreign concept to many. Nowadays, the popular company that markets itself as both a competitive sport and an exercise philosophy is just one of the many trends that are populating the fitness industry.
The advent and rise of social media, particularly Instagram, has been one of the most important figures in the rise of trends in fitness. It’s become such a hub for exercise enthusiasts that simply being great at what you do can land you a sponsorship deal from nutrition and equipment brands.
With that in mind, here are some trends we saw rise this past year:
Variations of Yoga
Yoga’s rise to prominence has been going on for years now – we’re at the point where several distinct variations of yoga are becoming more and more popular. For example, Paddleboard Yoga has been deemed as the new Pilates, in terms of its cultural impact as a form of exercise. This variation of yoga combines elements of hatha yoga and vinyasa yoga asanas with aspects of surfing. Another increasingly popular branch of yoga is Bikram Hot Yoga. Bikram is derived from the traditional philosophies of hatha yoga and places the practitioner in a room that’s often heat to up to 40 °C.
Both Paddleboard Yoga and Bikram Hot Yoga are just two of the many variations to the exercise, these two however, are among the most popular in Vancouver.
Though squats – as an exercise, isn’t necessarily a trend, the practice of it, has become quite popular, particularly through social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all have their respective pages for the popular “#shesquatsbro” hashtag, a growing online community about women who display the benefits of squats. Squats are also seen as the foremost exercise within the polarizing “#doyouevenlift” online movement.
There are other ongoing trends that are becoming seemingly permanently ingrained in the fitness culture. It’s safe to say that both CrossFit and High Intensity Interval Training are here to stay; it’s also safe to assume that there are more trends to come, one of which is the following:
Calorie monitors and pedometers have been around for a while, but only now has wearable tech been gaining the steam to become a true and common part of the fitness world. FitBits and Jawbones are among the more prominent brands in the business of wearable tech for fitness, and not only do they perform well in terms of tracking your daily stats, they also look sleek enough that you can wear them almost anywhere.
Sports have also looked into the future of wearable tech. The NBA has openly acknowledged that certain tech gears can allow teams to track stats and movements more efficiently and teams themselves have admitted the benefits of it.
The most important thing to remember about trends is to try them out first. Don’t jump into doing a certain fad just because the rest of the world is doing it, you never know, it may or may not be for you.